Re­nault-Nis­san al­li­an­ce ta­kes Google An­droid for a d­ri­ve

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - News -

Re­nault’s al­li­an­ce with Nis­san and Mit­subis­hi re­cent­ly an­noun­ced it would start e­quip­ping its cars with the An­droid o­pe­ra­ting sy­stem to ma­ke dashbo­ards smart.

Un­der a de­al with web gi­ant Google, the Re­nault-led group will be­gin in­cor­po­ra­ting the most wi­de­spre­ad o­pe­ra­ting sy­stem in­to its vehi­cle dashbo­ards star­ting from 2021. The group is the wor­ld’s lar­ge­st al­li­an­ce of cars by sa­les fi­gu­res.

The main ob­jecti­ve is to of­fer dri­vers the sa­me ex­pe­rien­ce in their cars that smartp­ho­ne u­sers ha­ve on their de­vi­ces, said the F­rench-Ja­pa­ne­se al­li­an­ce’s bu­si­ness de­ve­lop­ment chief, Ha­di Za­blit.

Re­nault-Nis­san-Mit­subis­hi sold 10,6 mil­li­on vehi­cles wor­ld­wi­de in 2017 and will gi­ve dri­vers access to the hu­ge­ly po­pu­lar Google Maps whi­le dri­ving.

Dri­vers will al­so ha­ve access to the ar­ti­fi­ci­al in­tel­li­gen­ce-po­we­red Google As­sis­tant, which will ma­ke it pos­si­ble to do­wn­lo­ad ap­pli­ca­ti­ons from the Google Play S­to­re.

Za­blit said the ob­jecti­ve is to of­fer cu­s­to­mers “a di­gi­tal con­tinui­ty be­t­ween the car and the out­si­de wor­ld”. He al­so said dri­vers will not be re­stricted to Google, and that they will be a­ble to do­wn­lo­ad ot­her o­pe­ra­ting sy­s­tems, in­clu­ding Ap­ple iOS.

In C­hi­na w­he­re Google is bloc­ked, the au­to al­li­an­ce will of­fer dri­vers unspe­ci­fied al­ter­na­ti­ves.

The agreement is the first of its kind, with Bloom­berg

News re­por­ting that ma­ny au­to ma­kers ha­ve long tried to keep Google and Ap­ple at arm’s length, ho­ping to keep con­t­rol of such va­lu­a­ble da­ta as a dri­ver’s w­he­re­a­bouts, dri­ving pat­terns, shop­ping pre­fe­ren­ces and in­fo­tai­n­ment use.

Za­blit said the agreement was just one of se­ver­al steps in a col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve ef­fort with Google.

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